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OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437
June 10, 2012
******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******
Acting Governor Calls Up National Guard Assets to Assist with Guernsey State Park Fire
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Acting Governor, Senate President Jim Anderson, has activated the Wyoming National Guard to assist in fighting the wildfire, which started inside Guernsey State Park. Senator Anderson is Acting Governor while Governor Matt Mead is in China and Secretary of State Max Maxfield is outside of Wyoming. Senator Anderson made the decision to call on Guard resources after receiving a request for support from the Wyoming State Forestry Division.
Sunday afternoon three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and their support teams arrived in Guernsey. They were able to start dumping water on the fire this evening. Also in the area are Guard members helping to notify residents of possible evacuations. The 41 Wyoming National Guard troops onsite and working in support of the mission also include 9 firefighters manning two fire trucks.
“There are already homes evacuated in this area and given the analysis of the State Forester, Governor Mead’s staff and the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security I felt it was appropriate to activate the Wyoming National Guard,” Acting Governor Jim Anderson said.
“We are glad we are able to assist in this firefighting effort,” said Major General Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s Adjutant General. “The National Guard's role is to assist when called by the governor and we are proud to have this role in protecting Wyoming's residents and its natural assets.”
Because of the growth of the fire it has been upgraded from a Type III to a Type II Incident. This change occurred under delegation from Platte County, State Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management. The Type II team will take the lead on providing information to the media and the public. State Forestry will continue to update its website: https://sites.google.com/a/wyo.gov/wsfd-fire-information/.